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Take a trip into the past with a Historical Fiction Book. Our range spans some of the most famous eras in history. We've everything from romances set in the war to thrillers set in medieval times. Just use the filters below to browse our collection of historical fiction books for adults.

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The phenomenal new novel, based on a true story, from the international bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz. 1942. Singapore is falling to the Japanese Army. English musician Norah Chambers places her eight-year-old daughter Sally on a ship leaving Singapore, desperate to keep her safe. As the island burns, Australian nurse Nesta James joins the terrified cargo of people, including the heartbroken Norah, crammed aboard the HMS Vyner Brooke. After only two days at sea, the ship is bombarded and sunk. Nesta and Norah reach the beaches of Indonesia only to be captured and held in one of the notorious Japanese POW camps, places of starvation and brutality. But even here joy can be found, in music, where Norah's 'voice orchestra' transports the internees from squalor into light. The friendships they build with the dozens of other women in the camps will give them the hope, strength and camaraderie they need in order to stay alive. Product Information:  • ISBN:  9781786582218 • Author: Heather Morris • Publisher:  Zaffre • Format:  Hardback • Pages:  400 • Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.5 x 24 cm

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Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist. Meet chemist Elizabeth Zott, she is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing. Follow Zott's story as she tackles inequality in the workplace, adopts a dog called Six-Thirty, has a daughter named Mad and becomes a famous TV chef. Your ability to change everything - including yourself - starts here! Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing. But it's the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Forced to resign, she reluctantly signs on as the host of a cooking show, Supper at Six. But her revolutionary approach to cooking, fuelled by scientific and rational commentary, grabs the attention of a nation. Soon, a legion of overlooked housewives finds themselves daring to change the status quo. One molecule at a time.  Product Information:  • ISBN:  9781804990926 • Author:  Bonnie Garmus • Publisher:  Penguin • Format:  Paperback • Pages:  400 • Dimensions:  12.8 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm

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Wales, 1883. Young Ruth Owen, a talented musician with a scholarship to a prestigious music school, has a sparkling career ahead of her. But after a run-in with her mysterious tutor she flees to London, leaving everything and everyone behind. London, 1897. Fourteen years later, Ruth, now married with two children, finds herself struggling for money and a place to live. Left with no other option, they decide to return to Wales and live on a canal boat. Life on the canals may seem idyllic, but what troubles await her return? And can the past ever truly be forgotten? Product Information: •    ISBN: 9781838775636 •    Author: Sheila Newberry •    Publisher: Zaffre •    Format: Paperback •    Pages: 400 •    Dimensions: 19.69 x 12.7 cm

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Introducing our Book of the Week! Each week we personally recommend a trending title that we're super excited about. Want to find a bestselling book worthy of a spot on your bookshelf? Then look no further… She survived her first year at Basgiath War College... but the danger is only beginning. Everyone expected Violet Sorrengail to die during her first year at Basgiath War College, Violet included. But Threshing was only the first impossible test meant to weed out the weak-willed, the unworthy, and the unlucky. Now the real training begins, and Violet's already wondering how she'll get through. It's not just that it's gruelling and maliciously brutal, or even that it's designed to stretch the riders' capacity for pain beyond endurance. It's the new vice commandant, who's made it his personal mission to teach Violet exactly how powerless she is - unless she betrays the man she loves. Although Violet's body might be weaker and frailer than everyone else's, she still has her wits and a will of iron. And leadership is forgetting the most important lesson Basgiath has taught her: Dragon riders make their own rules. But a determination to survive won't be enough this year. Because Violet knows the real secret hidden for centuries at Basgiath War College - and nothing, not even dragon fire, may be enough to save them in the end.  Product Information:  • ISBN:  9780349437026 • Author:  Rebecca Yarros • Publisher: Little, Brown • Format:  Hardback • Pages:  640 • Dimensions:  24 x 15.6 x 2.2 cm

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When two floundering young girls find strength and friendship in one another, the path to happiness finally seems tangible...  Sure to bring a tear to your eye, and a smile to your lips.   Product Information:  • ISBN:  9781035403172 • Author:  Rosie Goodwin • Publisher:  Headline • Format:  Paperback • Pages:  480 • Dimensions:  12.8 x 19.6 x 3.4 cm

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A mother and son on the run. A new beginning. A past they cannot escape. Louise Hart has endured a great deal of pain from her callous husband Paul, but one cold December night in 1959 she can take no more. She and her son Davey escape their Coventry high-rise flat and flee to Tanglewood, the dilapidated ivy-clad mansion where her mother Dolly runs an animal sanctuary. Miserable and frightened, Louise longs to turn her back on the past, and create a happy new life for Davey.  But Paul is in trouble with men more dangerous than himself. Unable to pay his debts, he blackmails Louise and those who love her, keeping a shadowy presence in their lives. Even the arrival of Charlie Fox, a stranger who becomes a true friend, cannot guarantee that the future will be safe...  Product Information:  • ISBN:  9781035403165 • Author:  Rosie Goodwin • Publisher:  Headline • Format:  Paperback • Pages:  480 • Dimensions:  12.7 x 19.7 x 3.4 cm

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The second book in the gripping and heartwarming new Jubilee Lake series, from bestselling author Anna Jacobs! Lancashire, 1895. Lillian Hesketh has taken a new name, and a brave step towards a happier life. Suddenly widowed after an unhappy marriage, and pursued by her unscrupulous in-laws, Lillian finds a fresh start in the beautiful Ollindale valley. Thanks to the kindness of her new neighbours, Walter Crossley and his family, she finally has a home to call her own - but the threat of discovery by her husband's family still casts a shadow over her new life. Meanwhile, Edward Ollerton has returned to the valley to rebuild his ancestral home. Hoping to one day to marry and start a family, Edward finds himself drawn to the shy, attractive widow - but not everyone is happy to see him reclaim his estate... Will their dreams fade to dust, or can a golden future blossom on the shores of Jubilee Lake? Product Information:  • ISBN:  9781529351361 • Author:  Anna Jacobs • Publisher:  Hodder Paperbacks • Format:  Paperback • Pages:  336 • Dimensions: 13.03 x 2.54 x 20.02 cm

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Blackpool, 1922: Martha and Trisha may have escaped poverty, but their fortunes have yet to turn. Blissfully happy on her wedding day, Trisha's new fairy-tale romance soon darkens as her husband, Walter, keeps her at arms length. Between his secrecy, and her mother-in-law's coldness , Trisha feels a stranger in her own home, and lonelier than ever... Meanwhile a spectre from Martha's past threatens the happiness she has found with Joshua and Bonnie. When she is called to help in her past love's hour of need, she must decide whether to risk exposing a secret that could cost her the trust of her daughter... With winter fast approaching, Martha and Trisha take warmth and comfort in the strength of their friendship. But will Martha's gift of foresight be enough to see them through? Product Information:  • ISBN:  9781408728161 • Author:  Maggie Mason  • Publisher:  Sphere • Format:  Paperback • Pages:  400 • Dimensions: 12.4 x 3.2 x 19.6 cm

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Will their new lives bring happiness, or heartache? As the Blitz casts a dark shadow over London, Julie Miller, a teenaged orphan, is sent far away to keep her safe. Hoping this will be a new chapter after years of sadness, Julie voyages by ship across the Atlantic, and on the long passage, forges a bond with a young child called Beth, both of them dreaming of their new families and the happy life that awaits them. Upon arrival, Julie quickly realises that reaching their destination is just the start of their journey, with many hardships for the orphans. But taking matters into her own hands, Julie is determined that she and Beth will have their happy ending… Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008531249 • Author: Cathy Sharp • Publisher: Harper Collins • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.4cm

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Can she save the hotel... and her reputation? Helen Bygrove is managing the hotel, now that her husband has been conscripted. Against all expectations, Helen and her team are doing marvellously, despite the shortages brought by war. Even the exacting Lady Blackmore agrees. But then the calm is shattered when poison pen letters are sent to prominent townsfolk and Helen finds herself the target of a police investigation.  Is someone trying to ruin Helen, and the Beach Hotel?  And can she rely on the handsome but taciturn Inspector Toshack to help her?  When her husband, Douglas, is invalided out of the war he is determined to take back control of the hotel and things go from bad to worse. How can she ever escape his bullying? Is she a fool to hope that she may have a second chance at love? Product information: • ISBN: 9781804361375 • Author: Francesca Capaldi  • Publisher: Canelo Hera • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8cm

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She will keep her head held high, no matter what… Polly Pride's life is falling apart. Her husband has lost his job, there's no money coming in, and she has two young mouths to feed. With the prospect of poverty looming over her, and her husband wallowing in apathy, Polly takes control. She sells everything they own and buys a rickety old handcart. Polly piles it high with second-hand rugs and spends hours hawking her wares around Manchester's cobbled streets. But her determination to persevere will be tested to its limits, as she juggles her work, the pressures of her young family, and her husband's wounded pride. Will her life fall apart completely - especially when tragedy strikes - or can she keep it together? Product Information:  • ISBN:  9781804365526 • Author:  Freda Lightfoot • Publisher:  Canelo Saga • Format:  Paperback • Pages:  334 • Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.8 x 2.5 cm

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Wakefield 1870 On the banks of the River Calder, Meg Taylor struggles to care for her younger siblings and sick mother whilst her father is away working as a boatman on the canals. The slums where they live are rife with disease, and Meg longs for a different life, away from the grinding poverty, but she'll never leave her family. But with the canals slowly dying as trade moves to the railways, and with Meg’s father stubbornly holding onto the past, Meg fears her family’s future is going to get even bleaker. If only there was a way she could save them…. Christian Henderson is tired of the greed of his wealthy family. He sees the poverty around him and wishes he could do more to help the proud working-class people he meets. People like Meg Taylor, whose courage he so admires. From the moment he meets Meg, Christian is captivated – Meg might be poor, but she is proud and spirited! Meg’s dreams of being with a man like Christian are fantasy. How can a lass from the waterfront be with a wealthy man such as he? And worse, if she follows her heart to be with him, what will happen to the family she loves? Product Information:  • ISBN:  9781835618912 • Author: AnneMarie Brear • Publisher: Boldwood Books  • Format:  Paperback • Pages:  328 • Dimensions:  12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8cm 

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Can Edie find the courage to choose her own future? June 1914. Edie Moore is a Governess for Lord and Lady Moreland, living in comfort at the grand Downland House in Sussex. But, wanting more from life, she flees in secret to Littlehampton, the place where she spent many idyllic childhood holidays. Desperate for work, Edie begins working as a chambermaid at the prestigious Beach Hotel, even if the menial tasks are a far cry from her previous job. While the days are long and gruelling, Edie works hard and soon is in favour of Helen Bygrove, the manager's wife, who sees that Edie is destined for bigger things - which leads to tension with some of the other chambermaids. But as she navigates her new life and finds friendship with fellow maid Lili Probert, she also grows closer to charming, cheerful porter, Charlie Cobbett, and finally finds the happiness she has been searching for. However, what none of her new friends know is that Edie is hiding a secret from her past, one that would change the way they view her, forever. When the truth comes out, will Edie be able to keep her new life and remain in the place she loves so much?  Product Information:  • ISBN:  9781804361337 • Author:  Francesca Capaldi • Publisher:  Hera • Format:  Paperback • Pages:  368 • Dimensions:  19.8 x 12.9 x 2.2 cm

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As the new year dawns the show at the Empire comes to an end and it’s time for the girls to move on. Years of struggle are over for Frances O’Leary when Johnny Randolph returns to make things right for her and their daughter.  Do they have a chance of happiness? Of being a family after so long? But their good fortune is fraught with complications when sister Ruby Randolph decides to have her last hurrah, leaving a trail of devastation in her wake. Jessie Delaney is afraid to follow her dreams and leave those she loves behind – can she really have it all? All the seaside girls have their own battles to fight. And while they figure things out it’s time for them to do their bit for the war and keep Britain smiling. Product Information:  • ISBN: 9781785130250 • Author: Tracy Baines • Publisher: Boldwood Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 304 • Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.75 x 19.8cm

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Suffolk, 1924. After the death of her fiancé in the field hospitals of France, Angel becomes nurse to the MacDonald family in the small village of Uffasham.  Taking residence at the appropriately named Angel Inn, she is met by many new faces - and old ones, too. Edith, a fellow nurse from the war, while taking great interest in Angel's new life, refuses to let her forget her old one. As Angel grows closer to her employer, Robert, Edith threatens to expose a secret that could ruin everything...  Can Angel ever be free to move on with her new life and her new family, or will the secrets of her past finally be revealed? Product Information:  • ISBN:  9781804180969 • Author:  Sheila Newberry • Publisher:  Bonnier Publishing Fiction • Format:  Paperback • Pages:  334 • Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.8 x 2.2 cm

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It's 1953. Memories of the war are beginning to fade. Young Queen Elizabeth has just ascended to the throne. Isobel McIntyre is a doctor-in-training at a London teaching hospital. It's not easy being a woman working in medicine. And Isobel carries the additional burden of a shocking secret... One night three years ago, Isobel took the chance to walk into another woman's life. By the time she understood the implications, it was too late to turn back. Now the secret she's been hiding for so long threatens everything - her career, new-found friendships, and a love affair that promises the kind of joy Isobel thought was only for others. Love and happiness can't thrive in a world of lies. But does Isobel have the courage to tell the truth, whatever the consequences?  Product Information:  • ISBN:  9781472260833 • Author:  Nikola Scott • Publisher: Review  • Format:  Paperback • Pages:  321 • Dimensions:  12.7 x 1.52 x 19.56 cm

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She is determined to live the life she wants… Cassandra Trent does not like being told what to do. So when she is forced to leave behind her beloved Bardsley and join her aunt in London, she is furious. She wants nothing to do with polite society and useless noblemen. But Cassandra finds some comfort in the friendship she forms with her kind and gentle cousin, Susannah Berrinden. Despite being destined to marry Simeon Giffard, a charming and – more importantly – wealthy young man, Susannah has other ideas… And it seems Simeon does too. He has eyes only for Cassandra – but winning her over might prove to be a near impossible task.  Product Information:  • ISBN:  9781804367216 • Author:  Anna Jacobs • Publisher:  Canelo  • Format:  Paperback • Pages:  304 • Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm

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It’s autumn 1940 and the Blitz has cast its shadow over London.  Everyone is doing their bit to help, including the three Harrison sisters of the East End’s Victory Walk. Nurse Rose is snowed under in the hospital tending to victims of the bombings. Her sister Clover is on active duty on the south coast, while the baby of the family, Daisy, is growing up quickly working on the London Underground, now that thousands of people are taking shelter down below. Even in wartime, the sisters find time for a wedding, but the bride is keeping a secret, which threatens to come to light.  Can the three sisters stick together, for each other, and for King and Country? Product Information:  • ISBN:  9780008402488 • Author:  Annie Groves  • Publisher:  HarperCollins • Format:  Paperback • Pages:  384 • Dimensions:   12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8cm

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A heartbreaking World War 2 novel that tells the story of two women’s fight for love, family and hope, as the world crumbles around them. Berlin, 1936. The Landau family are at the heart of their community, running a music shop in Berlin and just trying to survive. But their lives are unravelling as Hitler's power increases and the treatment of Jewish families deteriorates. Eldest daughter, Rachel, fears for her sisters' future and will do anything she can to keep them safe. Will she find hope in the darkness? Paris, 1936. As whispers of war travel over from Europe, American debutante Kay escapes her mother's grasp and travels as a reluctant spy from Paris to Berlin. But a chance meeting with the Landau family will change her life forever. Kay is determined to give Rachel and her sisters a fighting chance in a society where the youngest are paying the ultimate price, even if it means making dangerous enemies along the way… As the world marches toward war, these brave women will find strength in joining forces to save the ones they love. But they will need the support of one another more than they will ever realise in order to survive… Product Information: • ISBN: 9781835339404 • Author: Jina Bacarr • Publisher: Boldwood Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 380 • Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.18 x 19.8cm

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Two very different lives. One Hollywood murder... 2019: Lily Jones is living her dream in LA. Sort of. It hasn't quite turned out as she planned and instead of working as a movie producer, she is cleaning at the prestigious Beverly Hills Hotel. At least she gets to work in the renowned Paul Williams suite, site of the brutal murder of Honey Black 70 years ago, shrouded in rumour and dark glamour. 1949: Honey Black is about to hit the big time. She may have started out a country girl from Hicksville but now she is a star. And Hollywood had better watch out - nothing can stop her now! After an accidental bump to the head, Lily finds herself in Hollywood, 1949. Like a dream come true, she is rubbing shoulders with the great and good of Tinseltown. Including Honey Black... Horrified, Lily realises that the actress has only two weeks left to live before she will be murdered. Could this be why she has found herself in 1949? To find the killer and stop them in their tracks?  Product Information:  • ISBN:  9781804365946 • Author:  Lisa Hall • Publisher:  Hera • Format:  Paperback • Pages:  360 • Dimensions:  19.8 x 13 x 2.5 cm

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